All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

219

Mario Pavone: Trio Arc

By

Sign in to view read count
Bassist Mario Pavone's first recording was as a member of pianist Paul Bley's trio on the little-heard 1968 release Canada (Radio Canada International). This was when Bley's trio was at the peak of its acoustic glory, but Pavone's tenure was short-lived as Bley moved into an electronic phase shortly after. Pavone would go on after to release a number of fine recordings of his own forward-looking music as well collaborating with such players as Bill Dixon, Anthony Braxton and Thomas Chapin.

Trio Arc is the first meeting of the two in 35 years (Pavone briefly rejoined Bley's group in 1972). The trio is rounded out by drummer Matt Wilson who, though a couple of generations their junior, sounds as if he was raised on this music. The disc, seven improvised tracks, opens with a flurry of activity from Pavone and Wilson as they lay down an all-over bed of rhythm that Bley attacks with relish. Yet soon the music slows down and the trio engages in the slow, organically unfolding interplay that Bley pioneered.

There are many moments to savor. Wilson's concluding drum solo on "Hello Again" is a model of how drums should be played in a trio like this and also segues nicely into the ride cymbal of "Quest." On "Lazzi," he lays down a tick-tock beat that finds Bley and Pavone jousting above, splattering notes all over the rhythm. And if there's any doubt as to how together this trio is, check out the concluding measures of "Sweet."

There are a couple of disappointments. First of all, at 42 minutes, the disc could have gone on for at least another fifteen minutes. It also would have been nice if this trio did a few of the Annette Peacock or Carla Bley songs that Bley made famous; perhaps that could be the focus of a second volume. But despite these two rather minor reservations Trio Arc is a disc of music as timeless and innovative as only a piano trio can be.

Track Listing: Slant; Hello Again; Quest; Miro; Lazzi; Sweet; Solo Bley.

Personnel: Mario Pavone: bass; Paul Bley: piano; Matt Wilson: drums.

Title: Trio Arc | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Playscape Recordings

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Deez

Deez

Mario Pavone
Deez to Blues

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Chrome

Chrome

Playscape Recordings
2017

buy
Vertical

Vertical

Clean Feed Records
2017

buy
Blue Dialect

Blue Dialect

Clean Feed Records
2015

buy
Street Songs

Street Songs

Playscape Recordings
2015

buy
Street Songs

Street Songs

Playscape Recordings
2014

buy
 

Arc Trio

Croatia Records
2013

buy

Related Articles

Read Pendulum CD/LP/Track Review
Pendulum
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 21, 2018
Read Flow Vertical CD/LP/Track Review
Flow Vertical
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 21, 2018
Read Bonafide CD/LP/Track Review
Bonafide
by Geannine Reid
Published: November 21, 2018
Read Christian McBride's New Jawn CD/LP/Track Review
Christian McBride's New Jawn
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 21, 2018
Read Bonafide CD/LP/Track Review
Bonafide
by David A. Orthmann
Published: November 21, 2018
Read The Sky Above Her CD/LP/Track Review
The Sky Above Her
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 20, 2018
Read "Octopus" CD/LP/Track Review Octopus
by Don Phipps
Published: February 28, 2018
Read "Meeting Of Minds" CD/LP/Track Review Meeting Of Minds
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 14, 2018
Read "Neo Native" CD/LP/Track Review Neo Native
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 9, 2018
Read "Love & Peace" CD/LP/Track Review Love & Peace
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2018
Read "Indaco" CD/LP/Track Review Indaco
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: April 9, 2018
Read "A Year Ago Today" CD/LP/Track Review A Year Ago Today
by Doug Collette
Published: March 18, 2018